Ten Days on the Island together with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra proudly present Hidden Republic, the collaboration of two of Australia’s most celebrated musical forces, acclaimed music ensemble The Black Arm Band and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, in a one-night-only performance of heartfelt proportions.
Featuring many of Australia’s most influential and iconic talents including renowned artists Archie Roach, Jimmy Little, didge player Mark Atkins, Lou Bennett (Tiddas), Emma Donovan, Leah Flanagan, Shane Howard, Genevieve Lacey, Djolpa McKenzie, Shellie Morris, Stephen Pigram, Ursula Yovich, Gapanbulu Yunupingu (grandson of Yothu Yindi lead singer Mandawuy Yunupingu), and Tasmanian born Dewayne Everettsmith, The Black Arm Band and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will guide audiences through a musical celebration of hope and resistance that delves deep into the songbook of contemporary Indigenous music.
The musical virtuosity of the 34-member ensemble of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, joined by a formidable seven piece jazz section, will underscore the vocal artistry of The Black Arm Band.
Following their world premiere at 2006 Melbourne International Arts Festival with Murundak, The Black Arm Band has received national and international acclaim having performed throughout regional and metropolitan Australia as well as Canada and the UK including a performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2008 as part of the London International Festival of Theatre.
Hidden Republic which premiered at the 2008 Melbourne International Festival and has since thrilled audiences at the 2009 Queensland Music Festival, 2010 Sydney Festival and 2010 Community Tour to Western and Northern Australia for the Fred Hollows Foundation, is a contemporary fugue reflecting hope and renewed promise. The wonderful music reveals a hidden republic of hope for the future of all Australians.
Exploring the musical territory between western orchestral traditions and indigenous songlines, Hidden Republic celebrates music as a symbol and instrument of reconciliation in contemporary Australia.
An inspirational and moving concert, Hidden Republic reveals the undiminished spirit in the music of Aboriginal Australia, with songs which celebrate identity and understanding for all Australians, in a language we all understand: music.
“The Black Arm Band reminds me of the long struggle and the long journey we’ve been on. 30 years ago we were marching for justice down the city streets, but now we are telling our stories in the concert halls.” Archie Roach
Featured Artists: Mark Atkins, Lou Bennett, Emma Donovan, Dewayne Everettsmith, Leah
Flanagan, Shane Howard, Genevieve Lacey, Jimmy Little, Djolpa McKenzie, Shellie Morris,
Stephen Pigram, Archie Roach, Ursula Yovich, Gapanbulu Yunupingu
Conductor: Ben Northey
Conception and Direction: Steven Richardson
Arrangements: Eugene Ball, Iain Grandage, Julien Wilson, Lou Bennett with The Black Arm Band
Vocal Supervision: Lou Bennett
A Song of Hope text: Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Where, when, how much?
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre
410 Sandy Bay Road
Saturday 2 April, 7pm
Duration: 1 HR 30 MIN (no interval)
Tickets: Premium $85, A Reserve $75,
B Reserve $65, Concession $50
Bookings: 1300 795 257
Online Bookings: tendaysontheisland.com